Email misusing the name of "Tony Millson"
15 November 2016
An email has been sent which misuses the name of "Tony Millson".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received an email which claims to be from "Tony Millson" of Withy King LLP. The email seen by the SRA refers to the estate of the "late Anderson Demacedo". The e-mail states that Mr Demacedo left behind a "bank deposit" and that Mr Millson is his solicitor. The email the SRA has seen was sent from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any business or transactions through the email address email@example.com are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Withy King LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. Royds Withy King is a genuine trading name of the firm.
Mr Tony Millson is also a genuine solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA and practises at the genuine firm of Withy King LLP.
Both the genuine Withy King LLP and the genuine Tony Millson have confirmed that they do not have any connection with the email.
What should I do?
When a firm's or individual's identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means. You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.